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Canon PowerShot A200 Digital Camera@DASHING THING REVIEW

05 Jul
Camera QuickLook
Review Date
07-16-2002
User Level
Novice to Advanced
Product Uses
Family / Travel / Special Events
Digicam Design
Automatic Exposure Control
Picture Quality
Moderate, 2.1-megapixel CCD
Print Sizes
4×6, 5×7 inches
Availability
Now
Suggested Retail Price
$249

 


Introduction

Ask any photographer, be they professional or amateur, to name the first couple of camera manufacturers that they can think of, and one of them will almost certainly be Canon. In the digital arena, Canon’s continued their history of innovation with a broad line of products ranging from entry-level models all the way to no-holds-barred digital SLRs for professional photographers. In the consumer arena, their products are distinguished by superb design, sharp lenses, and excellent color.

In the past, Canon hasn’t reached too far down into the entry-level end of the market, concentrating instead on more full-featured cameras intended to sell at higher prices. With the introduction of the A200 and its lower-resolution brother the A100 though, Canon has taken aim squarely at the entry-level market, creating very affordable cameras with surprisingly strong feature sets and the trademark Canon picture quality. I’m not personally a fan of non-zoom cameras, but recognize that they have an important place in the market, and the A200 deserves a good look if you’re shopping in that category. Read on for all the details.

(NOTE: This review is almost identical to that of the 1.2 megapixel A100, as the two cameras share the same user interface. If you’ve already read the A100’s review you may want to skip down to the below or check out the to see how the A200 did in our tests.

Camera Overview

Nearly identical in size and design to its lower-resolution twin, the PowerShot A100, the new Canon PowerShot A200 has the same thin, compact dimensions and straightforward user interface. The main difference between the two cameras is the A200’s larger 2.1-megapixel CCD. Trim enough to fit into a larger shirt pocket and most average purses, the A200 is lightweight and portable. By default it provides fully automatic exposure and color control, meaning you can literally just point and shoot most of the time. While it does offer a surprisingly range of exposure and image controls, most users will be able to entirely avoid the LCD menu system much of the time. The A200’s 2.1-megapixel CCD produces good quality snapshots, with enough resolution to make very sharp 5×7 inch prints and acceptable 8×10 inch ones.

The A200 has a 5.0mm fixed focal length lens, with a maximum aperture of f/2.8. The focal length equates to a 39mm lens on a conventional 35mm camera, a slight wide angle. A large disc around the lens controls the built-in lens cover, and also turns the camera on or off in capture mode. I don’t think I’ve seen this particular design on a digicam before, but it works quite well. A tab extends from the left side of the disc (as viewed from the front of the camera), serving as a finger grip. Pressing down on this tab rotates the disc slightly, opening the lens cover and turning the camera on in capture mode. Pressing the tab up rotates the disc in the other direction, closing the lens cover and turning the camera off. I really like built-in lens covers like this, as they eliminate the problem of lost lens caps.

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